The bank of Mum & Dad just keeps on giving

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June 8, 2018 1 comment

Wooden figures and house

I noticed an article on the BBC website recently on the bank of Mum & Dad starting to feel the pinch when helping their children get on the property ladder. Having blogged about this topic back in 2017, I was interested to read that the average parental contribution is down 17% year-on-year, reduced from £21,600…

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Five things to think about before you end your marriage

June 5, 2018 1 comment

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Nobody starts a marriage or relationship thinking about divorce or separation. However, any relationship can encounter problems. Some couples work it out, some get stuck and others separate. There is no right or wrong.  Divorce is a personal decision and only you can decide what’s right for you and your family. But before you decide,…

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ONS examines data on partner abuse in the UK

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June 4, 2018 9 comments

Women staring into the camera

The Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has, I think for the first time, published an article examining data on ‘partner abuse’ in the UK from the last three years, to help develop insight into which women are most at risk of experiencing abuse by a partner or former partner. Before I look at the article,…

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Less attractive husbands are key to happy relationships

September 19, 2017 0 comments

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Relationships are stronger when the man is less attractive than the woman, a new study suggests. Researchers from Florida State University (FSU) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, surveyed 113 newlywed couples in their 20s. Each pair had been married less than four months at the time of the study. Full body photographs were…

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Women lose interest in sex after one year

September 17, 2017 4 comments

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After just one year in a relationship, women lose interest in having sex with their partner. This claim was made by researchers at Southampton University. They arrived at this after conducting a survey of 6,669 women and 4,839 men between the ages of 16 and 74. While they found that an interest in sex declines…

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Progress on relationship education ‘extremely disappointing’

September 13, 2017 0 comments

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Progress made by the government towards the introduction of relationship education in schools is “extremely disappointing”, a Labour MP has claimed. Education Secretary Justine Greening announced earlier this year that age-appropriate sex and relationships education would be introduced in schools from 2019. The new curriculum will be subject to public consultation. Sarah Champion, the Labour…

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Lack of sleep ‘harms relationships’

September 12, 2017 3 comments

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Couples are more likely to argue in a hostile manner if they get less sleep, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University examined the sleeping patterns and relationships of 43 couples. They found that if both members of a couple get less than seven hours of sleep per night, their arguments tend…

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